Must say had a lot of fun, had catched up with some old mates from Hamilton's war-gaming scene and had some good tucker at Umpires house on the Saturday night.
Being a 3 day working week between Easter and Anzac weekend, Andy and I had decided to take them days off and gain a 10 day holiday out of it. So on Tuesday morning (after Easter) we headed up north from Upper Hutt and took our Fireball sailing Dinghy with us to do some sailing at Lake Taupo. Arrived about mid day and had a very good session of sailing at Mission bay with 10knot southerly's, with tent site on edge of lake to boot. Next day more good sailing and then on Thursday afternoon headed over to Hamilton.
Arrived in time to set up hall and terrain (typical) then back to Robs house for much banter and drinking of beer to the wee hours . Next morning arrived at the venue somewhat worse for wear (had a cold due to sleeping in a tent) but rearing to go.
My list I was using was a German Luftlandersturm (glider boys) that landed at Crete, so all fearless veterans - this incidentally is the first ever time I have used an all veteran list before at a Tournament. So having small elite platoons of pioneers backed up by some limited weapons was a struggle for me as it lacked some of the forgiveness in my more larger armies I usually take.
My goal was to use the Gliders in every mission if possible ... and with the exception for the last game I played (against Jap tanks) I had manged to do this ! so rather pleased with that aspect.
I always am the attacker in a defensive mission as well which was nice as I prefer to attack.
My list I used as follows
HQ - Co and 2IC
Combat - Luftlandesturm platoon with 7x R/MG Pioneer teams and 3 Gliders
(A very expensive platoon that's almost a 1/3 of your army (450points) but with being able to
glide down in every mission with a platoon too hard to pass giving it a go)
Combat - Fallsjirmpioneer Platoon with 7x R/MG Pioneer teams
Weapons - Mortar Platoon with 2x 80mm Mortar teams
Weapons - HMG platoon with 4x HMG teams
Support - Fallsjirmjager Platoon with 10x R/MG teams
Good for attacking with as its a large platoon especially when attaching HMG teams
Support - AA Platoon with 2x 2cm Flak 38 AA guns
Vital in the defense of planes and good AT with high ROF
Support - AT gun platoon with 4x Pak 36 guns
Need them for AT defense, just wish you could take more
Second game was against an experienced war-gamer Dory Fisher (very nice chap which I have played before) so good to catch up with and game against again. The mission was a Cauldron so I was attacking.
The table was a lovely table to look at ... Mt Olympus (above) but the rules for each terrain piece was a tad harsh as it was historical table where the mountain was all rated as very difficult going - so no moving gun teams into or out of and tanks with skill tests. Dory was using a Fucilieri Italians and took positions on the hills. My random deployment put me on the main far hill in photo ...
Without going into much detail my gliders had a close shave of a flight path with one landing almost inside the train tunnel (very cool) but my AT assets could not move on hills so couldn't get rid of his M11 and M13 tanks easily, my glider boys with HMG's manage to wipe out one platoon of Italian infantry but having to assault his tanks was too much with 5 MG dice each in defensive fire .... so only managed a 2 - 5 loss.
Third game was against Marlin Fisher (older brother of Dory's) so another enjoyable game ahead of me.
Marlin was using his Finnish vet Infantry list ...I had to defend in a dust-up mission. My glider boys had let me down in this game as I had decided to drop on down in Marlins big pioneer unit as they were advancing too close to my weak side. The boys only got four hits in the assault and then got wiped out in return (maybe not such a good idea) the game was a close affair from there as I had two platoons within range of contesting the objective but could not unpin them both even with a re-roll (3+ is so overrated sometimes)
The game was a 4-3 to Marlin.
The 4th game was against Ian Cameron's Italian tanks, have played Ian many times before and always been a fun opponent to face. His M13 tanks backed up by artillery and AA guns and limited planes were going to be hard matchup, with the mission being a Surrounded mission with me attacking on the snow table above. I had my hands full as he had his entire force on the table. My gliders touch down among one unit of tanks killing two but I miss the other two and he wisely backs off. they hid in a forest next to the objective with another pioneer unit but the M13 and M11 tanks with MG dice they have was too much for me too come out and assualt them . From then on it was a one sided affair with his planes arriving every turn almost wrecking havoc on my AT guns and Fallschirmjager boys. I had multiple chances of getting points but he passed all his morale tests ... even his reluctant ones.. so wasn't to be. A well deserved and close game to Ian with 6-1 loss to me.
The next unit of Jap tanks assault my Pak guns - so another 9 shots of AT in defensive fire ... only bail one and kill one ........ it went all down hill from there, with my company breaking in my third turn.
So good game to the Japs, but dam I was a tad unlucky there I thought.......6 - 1 loss
Its a funny old game of dice sometimes.
So overall I was happy with the way my German Luftlandersturm worked. My Glider boys performed well, and with some more AT support in the way of 2 more AA guns and some limited airplane support I think the force would work better. Will have to drop the HMG and maybe the mortars but I think it would be a choice perhaps.
Overall in the tournament I was in the lower half of the tournament (20th out of 26 I think) but a enjoyable tournament all the same. We headed back to Robs house that Saturday night for a very nice dinner and whiskey drinking, then headed home stopping off at Lake Taupo on the way back for another good afternoons sail.